New Delhi: Mani Shankar Aiyar just cannot
stop talking about the Commonwealth Games and after openly
praying that the event ends up a disaster, the former Sports
Minister on Thursday asked pointed questions in the Rajya Sabha on
the expected revenues from the extravaganza here.
The Congress MP, who created a furore by saying that he
would be unhappy if the Games are a success, today asked
Sports Minister M S Gill about the revenues likely to be
generated from it and whether the money earned would be able
to cover up for the cost.
He asked whether the Commonwealth Organising Committee
has agreed to reimburse the government from revenues generated
by ticket sales, sponsorship and advertising.
Gill replied in affirmative and also stated that the,
"the expected revenue generation as estimated by the
Organising Committee is Rs 1708 crore."
Gill said the OC is likely to incur expenses of Rs 2394
crore but the government`s contribution would be known only
after "final settlement of accounts".
Asked by Aiyar how much the Government had initially
sanctioned for the Games when the Indian Olympic Association
made the bid for the Games in 2003, Gill said, "The IOA had
estimated in 2003, an expenditure of Rs 655 crore for
organising the Commonwealth Games. The present estimates for
organising the Commonwealth Games have been reflected at Rs
Replying to a question from another MP on the delay in
completion of work for infrastructure development, Gill said,
"Corrective measures by way of increased workforce and
intensive monitoring have been taken. The projects of sports
infrastructure will be completed well before the Games."